Bill Belichick praises Marcus Cannon for playing through illness

Oct 22, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots offensive tackle Marcus Cannon (61) greets the end zone militia after defeating the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium. (Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

Patriots right tackle Marcus Cannon's toughness is already undeniable.

But even Patriots head coach Bill Belichick couldn't help but be impressed with what the 31-year-old lineman was able to do on Sunday, as he muscled his way through the majority of Sunday's win over the Cowboys at far less than 100 percent.

"I’ll just say one final thing then in closing that one of the real top efforts today would have to go to Marcus Cannon," Belichick said, "Marcus was, three days, just feeling under-the-weather. I honestly didn’t expect him to play [Sunday]."

To Belichick's point, there certainly seemed to be a chance that the Patriots were going to have play this one without No. 61, as he missed Friday's practice. But Cannon was out there, and played almost the entire game with the exception of a few breathers (that's when Cannon's college teammate at TCU, Marshall Newhouse, drew into the game) along the way.

"They’d do it for me, so I do it for them,” Cannon said of playing through the sickness. “Just go out there, everybody is working together. I’ve got Shaq [Mason] next to me making sure I’m all good. Tight ends are chipping in and helping.”

"We talked before the game and he felt like he’d be able to work through it, so we tried to help him out a little bit there at the half. But, I would say overall, it was one of the top efforts I’ve seen," Belichick noted. "For a guy who just barely had enough strength to put on his uniform, went out there and played against multiple good football players. But certainly with [DeMarcus] Lawrence and [Michael] Bennett playing over there, I thought he played very, very competitively.

"Played tough, and is the kind of leadership and toughness that we have on this team, so that was a great job by Marcus."

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